Special Libraries: A Survival Guide

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James M. Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein

ISBN-13: 9781610692670

167 pages • 7 x 10

This book explains why special or corporate libraries must align with their parent organizations in order to survive in these difficult economic times—and describes how to foster and demonstrate this critical relationship.

Since the financial meltdown in 2008, the survival of all types of libraries is at stake—especially corporate and special libraries. To survive, library managers need to prove their organizations' value and retool to protect their positions and move forward confidently.

Special Libraries: A Survival Guide analyzes what has happened—and is still continuing to happen—to corporate libraries in order to identify the strategies that must be taken to protect their staff's survival. Through a careful examination of a series of cases studies of corporate library reductions and closures, authors James M. Matarazzo and Toby Pearlstein suggest key strategies, tactics, and survival tools that all types of special library managers can use to minimize their chances of becoming a victim. The book underscores the importance of collecting data as a survival tool. Additionally, it identifies what needs to be taught to students currently enrolled in library and information science (LIS) programs to give them a leg up in careers.

This advocacy book is essential reading for staff at special/corporate libraries in the English-speaking world who wish to retain their positions, but it also contains information applicable to today's academic, public, and even school libraries. It is appropriate for students in the field of library and information science, LIS faculty, and corporate executives responsible for the management of the information function.

Sku: 9781610692670

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